Check Out This Video Comparing A Real '53 To Don Mare Pickups

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  1. straightlbues

    straightlbues TDPRI Member

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    Sounds pretty close to me.

     
  2. nojazzhere

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    NICE!.....I think this helps demonstrate just how important the PLAYER is over the gear!
     
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  3. MickM

    MickM Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Which Don Mare set? I couldn't tell any difference if I wasn't told. Great playing btw.
     
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    Hot Bakelites in the second tele- I've got a set and they are fantastic.
     
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    True, tho that amp sounds dreamy...
     
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    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    Just killer picking! Wow. Pickups sound amazing too!
     
  7. Wallaby

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    I have Don's "Hayride" set in my tele, and they're good. Really, really amazingly good.

    Nothing out there even compares.

    I am done swapping pickups and chasing tone after 40 years. After installing them and hearing THAT sound I just KNEW.
     
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  8. rjtwangs

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    I've got Hayrides in one and the Joel Foy set in another....he is one of the very best.....great sounding video.


    RJ
     
  9. Gorquin

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    IDK, I used to be in audio repair so perhaps I'm more critical but the original '53 sounds cleaner, the bottom end tight and clear as is the top end than the Don Mare pickup.
     
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  10. Gorquin

    Gorquin Tele-Meister

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    I'd like to see/hear a video of the Don Mare, Don Ellis, and the '53.
     
  11. Rob DiStefano

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    Don's pickups are flat out Excellent. thumbsup.gif

    but y'all do realize the Huge build/wind/tone diversity of leo fender 50's pickups? it quickly becomes like comparing the proverbial apples 'n' oranges.
     
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    Nice playing!
    For comparison, do you have any of the specs of either set?

    DCR, magnet type, wire type ?
     
  13. toomuchfun

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    I'm a fan of Don's pick ups. I bought a stock set of donocasters (black guard style) and tried them in a '89 52 AVRI that had originals just for comparison. They have such a nice string to string balance that they are still in it.

    I also have 2 sets of hayrides ('54 to '63 style) and they have a little more spank along with that great balance. Bright but not ice picky and the neck pick up really shines.

    I stick with the stock sets, but he will work with you if you have a certain sound you looking for.
     
  14. David Barnett

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    I agree. The partscaster is very nice indeed, but the '53 has "it".
     
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    I’ve noticed time and again a certain “resonance” (best word I can think of ATM) in the vintage Teles. They kind of remind me of a lap steel guitar or a resonator guitar. I’m not saying 100%, just saying they have some of that brightness and resonance. Maybe it’s something to do with the aging process. The Don Mares, while pretty darn close, are missing that quality. In other words, I think I agree with you. :)
     
  16. Gorquin

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    It's not a dig on the Don Mare pickups. They sound good, I've never owned a set and perhaps would consider a purchase. I've watched a few vid's of vintage 50's Tele's and yes for some reason, even trying to be as objective as one can, they seem to have "something". But that's mainly for the bridge pickup. I posted other vid's yesterday and TBH I liked the Kinman Noiseless Broadcaster and the Fender Twisted Tele (Both in the Neck position) more than the 1956 original Tele Neck pickup.
     
  17. Chino

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    I like the Don Mares, too. Not just the vintage, but several other sets I checked out as well. Where did you post the video?
     
  18. Gorquin

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  20. Antigua Tele

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    I know the take away is supposed to be that the newly made pickups are special, but what I get from it is that the old pickups were not especially special.
     
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